Long time no talk mis amigos! Tis’ been a while since we last convened on the ‘Bag… Safe to say a lot of life has been lived on both ends. What is shaking in your neck of the woods?
I was recently e-introduced to someone in a semi-professional context as “quite possibly the most interesting 20-something I know”. Now, I don’t know if this is a compliment, a subtle dig, or simply resemblent of the somewhat unique path I’ve taken the last 14 months of my life. I went from suiting up everyday selling energized fracturing solutions to driving across our great nation to moonlight as a caddie at the #1 rated course in Canada (so much so it’s featured in the Lotto 6/49 commercial), while living in an ocean-side trailer with no Wi-Fi or cell reception (“patio” view below). Then one sunny summer morning in early August, my caddie loop was cancelled last minute so I posted up in the local coffee shop to work on my coffee business plan. This particular morning I was working on sourcing the supply of my coffee beans. A few hours into working, in walked a woman from the side door of the cafe that more than caught my eye and long story short, I went and introduced myself to her. Turned out she was from Calgary and on a solo cross Canada adventure of her own. 10 days later, we embarked on a 3-week road trip down the eastern seaboard, into the southern US, then ventured back northwest finishing up in Denver. Less than a month later, I finalized my partnership with a small local roaster in Calgary and started my own coffee company (having written much of my business plan in my Wi-Fi “less” trailer and at the local coffeeshop). What’s the old Steve Jobs adage “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever“? It certainly rang true for me looking backwards…
Fast forward to now, I’m back in Edmonton, my hometown and proudly touted as the City of Champions (even though the wooden sign entering our city from the south hasn’t seen a coat of paint or facelift since Mess’ hoisted the cup back in ’90). Wink wink, nudge nudge, Donny Iveson and council.
There’s no telling the route a rejuvenated Mike’s Mailbag will take in 2018 but I can assure you it will be entertaining, thought provoking, and authentic (even if to a fault). What I’m hoping to do moving forward is take our online community of Mailbag fans, readers and contributors and find ways for us to meet face-to-face in brick n’ mortar environments, from coast to coast (see “Flaked” Trailer here for modern day paradox of community, a-ha moment @ 2:08).
- The 3 Levels of Self-Awareness by Mark Manson
- This might be my favorite article of 2018 so far. Whether or not you appreciate Mark’s writing style (apologies in advance for the profanity), he speaks his mind which is rare in the politically correct society we live in. If there’s one skill/character trait that becomes increasingly important as one grows older (in every element of life – personally, professionally, in relationship, etc), self-awareness could very well be at the top.
- Principles For Success Mini-Series by Ray Dalio
- Five years ago, the majority of Ray’s following primarily consisted of the finance community at-large. Since amassing an astronomical amount of personal wealth through his hedge-fund, Bridgewater Associates, Ray has found more fulfillment in finding ways to give back and share knowledge rather than continue to solely pursue financial profits. He championed the idea of radical transparency within Bridgewater’s corporate culture (which we’ll surely get into down the road) and prior to becoming one of the largest contemporary influencers on LinkedIn, he published a free downloadable PDF titled Principles. His following has grown exponentially since taking this PDF and transforming it into a full on book. He has since pared down these concepts into an easy to watch mini-series on YouTube. Regardless of age, occupation, interests, I highly recommend taking 30 minutes to tune in.
- Denzel Washington on Social Media
- Interesting thoughts on the prevalence of social media by Denzel Washington. More and more media coverage is coming out criticizing the social media engines of Silicon Valley for their intentionally addictive products’ effect on the true well-being of society. It’s easy to believe and get caught up in the hoopla about how “connected” we are as a society in a technological sense but is at the expense of actually being connected to those around us in a real, tangible manner? I’m going to explore this topic in depth in the coming weeks but will simply plant the seed this week.
Java of the Week: This is a new addition and will spotlight favorite shops and entrepreneurs from coast to coast, fun facts + myths, among other things. To kickstart things, “Blinded By The Light… Roast”, might be of interest to you as you wonder why coffee tastes different at different shops you frequent.
Quote of the Week: “If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?” – Jerry Seinfeld
Rise & Grind,